All programs are supported through a variety of funding sources including major support from Jane’s Trust, The Brown Foundation, Riverstone Resources, Heineman Foundation, Dorson Family Foundation, The NH State Council on the Arts, the Currier’s Heart of the Arts Gala Fund, and the Currier Art Center’s Annual Fund.
The Currier believes that arts enrichment for preschool-aged children is essential, especially for children of limited financial means. We serve two HeadStart programs, the 11th Street HeadStart in Nashua and the HeadStart at Manchester Community College, with programs that benefit preschool-aged children. We’re proud to serve these vibrant populations in our immediate area.
Youth & Teens
We have a longstanding relationship with Inti Soccer Academy, situated in downtown Manchester. Inti Soccer Academy is a tuition-free school providing the children of immigrant and refugee families in Manchester with quality afterschool enrichment and athletic programs. The Currier provides art enrichment both at the Currier and at Inti year round, including vacation camps. During camp sessions, these children are provided with a free breakfast and lunch each day prepared by the Currier’s Winter Garden Café.
Inti Academy after-school teacher:
“It is always so amazing to me from start to finish of a project. From the ‘I can’ts’ to the ‘look what I dids’. From the craziness of settling in to start a project, to the so quiet you can hear a pin drop concentration, as they start working. This is what the collaboration of Inti and the Currier Art Center is all about. Sometimes, I think I run out of adjectives to describe the indescribable.”
We are partnering with our neighbors, The Boys and Girls Club of Manchester, to provide scholarships to children in an afterschool capacity at the Art Center. The partnership has been wonderfully productive and impactful for these children, many of whom have focused on taking ceramic classes (a medium that is not available in their school or Club settings.)
Community Based Care Coordination provides coordinators to work together with families and their health providers, community agencies, and schools to help obtain access to needed health care and related services. Working with these coordinators, a new afterschool enrichment program for children and their parents was developed at the Currier Art Center. Families participate in a five week session of multimedia artmaking inspired by works from the museum collection. The children joyfully work in a variety of media including clay, paint, printing ink, and more.
Working with the NH National Guard, we reach this deserving population of children and teens from our region’s active military family community during our summer camp season. This partnership, the first of its kind for the Currier, is remarkable in many ways. In 2015, the children and teens were fully engaged with our summer programs, and participated in an exhibition in our Currier’s Community Gallery. The exhibition of student work was designed to augment the exhibition Witness to History: James Nachtwey—Afghanistan, Ground Zero, Iraq. For these efforts and others with our VA community, the Currier was awarded a “Statement of Support” from the NH National Guard.
Parent comment, Art Center survey (names omitted):
“I can’t thank your program enough for allowing my daughter the opportunity to come through the military scholarship program. It meant so much to her. She loves art and often uses it to express her feelings that are often forced to be hidden with our lifestyle. Milestones and birthdays are frequently missed by her Dad with his military career. This type of camp is really a spirit lifter in her eyes. It is great to see her smile. Thank you.”
Blue Star Museum
As a participant in the Blue Star Museums program, the Currier is pleased to offer free general admission to the Currier to all active duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. Unlike other museums, this offer is available year-round at the Currier. Please note that this does not apply to special exhibitions that have a surcharge.
Adults with Developmental Disabilities
The adults in these weekly classes are developmentally disabled, and arrive with aids to assist them in their artistic endeavors. The rewards of working with this particular group are many—they arrive with enthusiasm, energy, and joy—and they work at a very high level. Art provides a vehicle of self-expression that is magnetic.
Leni Hodgins, Adult Education Director, The PLUS Company:
“For people with disabilities, art provides a creative outlet for feelings that many of our clients are unable to express in words. Creating art not only increases self-esteem but can also improve social skills and communication. The teachers at the Currier Art Center are remarkable. Their ability to find new ways to explain and demonstrate a project, along with their patience, compassion, planning, and preparation is extraordinary.”
Adults with Dementia and Their Care-Givers
Building off of the success of the Currier’s public Alzheimer’s Café Program, the Art Education department partnered with Easter Seals of NH to create the Currier-Easter Seals Alzheimer’s Art and Café Program. Participants enjoy three weekly studio art sessions at Easter Seals of NH and one Alzheimer’s Café program at the Currier Museum each month. Additionally, we’ve engaged an outside evaluator to review each session over three months, so we can ascertain the strengths and challenges of our programming model. The Currier’s Community Partners Gallery captured the magic of the first season of this program in the exhibition, Experience the Moment in the spring of 2016.
Laurie Duff, Easter Seals NH, Director of Senior Services:
“When asked about the Currier project one of our clients made the following comment ‘I’m pretty proud of myself – it is a lot of fun being with these people, right now I feel like I’m 21 years old’. We feel this statement embodies one of our goals in this project and that is to provide a sense of self-worth through creative expression for persons with Alzheimer’s Disease. The professionalism and passion that both of these entities brings to the table for this project is beyond our expectations.”
Visit the The Community Partners Gallery next time you’re at the Currier! It often showcases artwork made in the programs mentioned above.
Experience it for yourself
Help us do what we do
Thank you to our funders for helping us make an impact in our community and our students’ lives:
The Brown Foundation, Inc.
Riverstone Resources, LLC
Lincoln Financial Group
NH Council on the Arts
Bruce and Rose Marie McColl Family
Dorson Family Foundation
Art Center Annual Fund
Currier Heart of the Arts Gala Fund